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Surge in Quality Scores Linked to Drop in Malpractice Claims
HealthLeaders Media

The quality of hospital care may have just as much of an impact on malpractice claims as tort reform, research suggests.

Examining a single health system with hospitals in both Texas and Louisiana researchers observed that the number of lawsuits dropped in the Texas hospitals after tort reform. But they also dropped at the health system’s hospitals in Louisiana, even though the state does not cap malpractice payments.

In Louisiana, the drop in malpractice claims corresponded with an increase in hospitals’ quality scores.